Pretty cute hey?
If you follow my blog, you knew the drama I went through a couple years ago in trying to perfect making the french macaron. I’ve now been saved.
If my love for E-town wasn’t enough, it grew even more when one of my fave spots in town, Duchess, came out with a cookbook, which I decided to get.
I gotta say, I really love that cookbook because the ingredients are accessible (and if not, you know you can get them at Provisions), and the few recipes I’ve tried gave me really awesome “Duchess quality” results. AND their macaron recipe renewed me with hope.
Up until the cookbook, I found I could only make decent macarons using the italian method, which is a more tedious in that you have to boil up a sugar syrup. However Duchess’ french method recipe I found has given me the BEST macarons yet with a lot less work!
The beginning steps are quite similar to the other french methods.
The biggest difference was on how I macronaged. Rather than constantly folding the batter with a spatula until it reached the lava like consistency that every macaron maker strives for, the recipe instructed to pour the mixture into a large round bowl and repeat the actions of smearing the batter along the bowl, and scraping it back into the middle of the bowl as a way to slowly deflate the air out of the mixture, until it reaches that lava like consistency. What a difference it makes!
I was inspired by all the kawaii macarons floating around on the internet so decided to take a stab at them myself. I decided to start with a simple shape; the adorable Winnie the Pooh.
I had piped out larger round circles at the top for the years and the little round circles at the bottom to mimic his paws, but when they baked up some of the paws disappeared. Oops. For every shell I piped with ears and paws, I just piped a plain circle one next to it for the back.
Once baked up, I pressed my thumb into the back half of the shells so that I could get more filling in there when piping. I do this while the shells are still warm, they are less to crack on the outside.
And there you have them! Pretty simplistic shapes for maximum cuteness. Definitely will be making these again. Have fun making (and eating) these!